Children's Classes

Children new to the German School will be evaluated by a teacher and assigned to the appropriate classroom according to their skill level and age.

A textbook and workbook are used in each class. At the end of each Saturday class the teacher will inform the parents what work was conducted during the lesson and about the homework assignment. Please make sure that time is reserved during the week for homework.

All children need to bring in addition to their book / books, a notebook, a pencil, colored pencils or crayons (for younger children) and a snack to be eaten during one of the breaks.

T1 (4 to 6 years old)

The children in this class learn German mainly through play, songs, and poems. They do not need to be able to read and write. The book used has written words in it, which are directed mainly to the teacher and the parents. These simple sentences provide context and exercise descriptions to the teacher. The exercises can be understood by the child spontaneously and include showing connections through lines, coloring, craftwork, find something missing, and make a circle around pictures, match pictures and shadows and others.

The book used in this class is called Hallo Anna 1, picture book and workbook.

T2 (5 - 8 years old)

This class is for children who are starting to read and write. The children learn in a more structured way, including greetings, animals, colors, food, etc. A book is used, leaving generous space for writing words and sentences. Children are learning the language through engaging games, songs, poems, and while doing art and crafts.

In a two-year rhythm, we change the book series between Hallo Anna 2 and Paula 1, text and workbook. Children often stay for two years in this class and a change in textbooks provides variety and additional learning opportunities for the child.

A1-1 Beginner 1 (Children 7 - 11 years old)

This class is for children who are ready to learn German in a structured way with a text and a workbook. Homework is assigned including writing and listening exercises using clips and videos provided by the book series online. This class starts our main book series and is the basis for the subsequent classes. Topics include: greetings, numbers, introducing oneself, animals, activities, family, and school subjects. The grammar taught includes articles, present tense verbs, and negation. The students will be able to introduce themselves, talk in simple sentences about their family, and name animals, and school subjects.

The book used is Deutschprofi A1, course and workbook and this class covers the chapters 1 - 6.

A1-2, Beginner 2 (8 – 12 years old)

This class builds on the knowledge acquired in the A1-1 class. It is possible that children with native or near native German knowledge start with this class. The topics in this class include the house, my week in school, my daily routine, birthdays, describing animals, seasons and holidays and travels. At the end of the A1 level, the child is able to answer simple questions regarding the topics learned and write a short postcard or email. The grammar learned includes accusative, ordinal numbers, modal verbs, asking and stating the time, accusative pronouns, imperative, and the verbs haben and sein in the written past, Präteritum.

The book used is Deutschprofi A1, course and workbook and this class covers the chapters 7-12.

Children in this class can take a level appropriate American test provided by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German).

A2-1, Intermediate 1 (9 – 14 years old)

This class builds on the previous classes. The child will learn to communicate with simple sentences about familiar and every day topics, like vacations, preferences, friendship, and giving directions. The listening and writing skills are continually practiced to improve letter and email writing and understanding simple texts. The grammar includes the spoken past, present perfect, dependent clauses, comparative and superlative of adjectives, modal verbs in the Präteritum, dative and two-way propositions.

The book used is Deutschprofi A2, course and workbook and this class covers the chapters 1-6.

Children in this class can take a level appropriate American test provided by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and the German test Internationale Vergleichsprüfung A1 provided by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen or Central Agency for Schools Abroad).

A2-2, Intermediate 2 (10 -14 years old)

This class builds on the previous classes. The students continue to improve their verbal, reading, listening and writing skills. At the end of this level the students will be able to communicate in more complex sentences about the topics learned like describing cities, ordering and buying food, historical events, fairytales, media, and school. They will have increased their knowledge about German culture and everyday living. They will be able to order food and ask for directions while in Germany. The children will learn about the written past tense, Präteritum, prepositions, adjective endings, reflexive verbs, and relative clauses.

The book used is Deutschprofi A2, course and workbook and this class covers the chapters 6-12.

Children in this class can take a level appropriate American test provided by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and the German test Internationale Vergleichsprüfung A2 provided by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen or Central Agency for Schools Abroad).

B1/B2, Advanced (13 – 17 years old)

This class is for children with an advanced knowledge of the German language. At the end of this level the students can understand communication and texts on familiar topics, like school, leisure time activities, family matters, travel, media, culture and history. The students will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise when traveling to Germany, can describe experiences and events and talk about their hopes and ambitions and give simple reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The students will be able to write an email or letter answering specific questions and describing past events. The students will review all previous grammar and build upon it and learn about exceptions.

Students usually attend this class several years in a row. Therefore, the book used is changing over the years to keep the topics varied and to provide fresh and current subject matters. Some original texts, videos and excerpts from literature, is used.

Students in this class can take a level appropriate American test provided by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and the German test DSD 1 (Deutsches Sprachdiplom 1) provided by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen or Central Agency for Schools Abroad). Successfully passing the DSD1 exam provides proof to German universities that the student has an adequate German language level to enter the preparatory Studienkolleg at a German university.